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Checklist for Moving Into Your New Home

Moving Day Tips
Moving into your new home is the exciting culmination of months of shopping, negotiating, and planning. While the process may feel a bit overwhelming – especially on those first few nights – you can make the transition much more comfortable by planning all the key details of your move. Our real estate agents are here to help you get started, with our essential checklist for moving into a new house.

Packing, Planning, and Gathering Supplies

  • Once you've finished shopping for Virginia homes for sale and know your move-in date, don't waste any time starting to pack. Start with non-essential items that you can do without until you move, and pack the essentials as the big day gets closer. Label boxes clearly, so you'll know what to unpack first.
  • If you'll be using a moving company, start scouting out companies and getting estimates as early as you can.
  • The more you pack, the more moving supplies that you'll need. Make sure that you stock up on boxes, moving tape, packaging, labels, markers, and anything else that you'll need to keep your items secure.
  • Has packing got you down? Lighten your load by selling, donating, or tossing items that you won't need to bring with you. Less clutter also means you'll have more open storage and decorating space in your new home.
  • If you're moving with kids, involving them in the packing process and keeping their favorite toys unpacked until you have to move will make the transition easier for them.

Making a Smooth Transition to Your New Home

  • Before you move, make sure that you transfer all of your utilities and give anyone who needs to know a heads up on your upcoming change of address.
  • Pack cleaning supplies so that you can clean and disinfect surfaces in your new home when you arrive.
  • Scout out your new neighborhood to find all of the essential services you'll need after you move, like grocery stores, banks, hardware stores, and dining spots.
  • Measure the rooms in your new home, and plan on where you will be placing your furniture. You can always change things later, but having a plan will make it easier to unpack.

Keeping Every Family Member Comfortable on the First Few Nights

  • Make the first few nights more comfortable in your new West Virginia real estate by packing a suitcase as if you were traveling on a short vacation. Packing the essentials in this way means that you won't have to go digging through boxes to find key items when you first move.
  • Contact a local locksmith, and have all of the locks changed on your new home. If you plan on having a security system, arrange to have it installed soon after moving.
  • Locate the circuit breaker, gas shut-off valve, and the water shut-off valves around the home. It's easier to find them right away, rather than waiting until you need them.
  • Get to know your neighbors, and start building relationships. Having good relationships with neighbors can make life much easier in a new neighborhood, and they will surely have recommendations on services in the area.
  • Don't forget to enjoy your new home and neighborhood! You picked this location for a reason, and living in a new neighborhood means you'll have all sorts of new attractions to explore.

Are you looking forward to planning your next move, but still searching for the perfect home? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Eastern West Virginia and the Central Shenandoah Valley.


Lighten The Load Before You Move

Moving Tips New Home
"Moving is easy," said no one ever. While moving to a new home will never qualify as fun, you can take steps beforehand to make it less tedious and time-consuming. Our real estate agents offer valuable moving tips they've learned from years of experience helping home buyers and sellers throughout Virginia and West Virginia.

  1. Create a Game Plan
    As with any other major project, successfully streamlining your move relies on a workable action plan. Here are some questions to answer before proceeding:

    • Will you be using a professional moving service?
    • What will you need in your new home? (Drawing a floor plan helps you decide.)
    • In which order will you clear rooms? How will you dispose of unwanted items?

  2. Start Early
    If you cut it too close to the actual moving day, you're likely to make bad decisions under pressure. Estimate how much time you think it will take and double the amount to allow for a cushion.

  3. Sort as You Go
    Items you decide to toss should go in one of three piles:

    • Reuse or repurpose for items to donate or sell
    • Recycle for paper, glass and other recyclable materials
    • Trash for anything that doesn't fit in the other two categories

  4. Use the 12-Month Rule
    Do you find yourself with boxes that have survived one or more moves without ever being unpacked? Purge items that haven't been used for 12 months or more with a clear conscience. This will apply primarily to clothes and accessories, but it's also helpful for items such as kitchen utensils.

    Other guidelines include:

    • Does an item give you joy or sorrow?
    • Would you buy it again?
    • Are you keeping it out of a sense of obligation?

  5. Consider Temporary Storage
    Are you still on the fence about several items? Pack them separately and keep them out of your new house for a while. If the number of items doesn't justify the cost of a storage unit, ask a friend or family member to hold them. This will help you decide once and for all if you can live without these items.

  6. Dispose of Hazardous Products
    Professional movers won't accept paint, propane tanks, lawn chemicals, and other hazardous items, and it's too risky to attempt moving them yourself. Check for the closest hazardous waste disposal center in your local area. Under no circumstances should hazardous products be put in trash or recycling bins.

  7. Use up What You Have
    Non-perishable food items and personal care products add weight and take up valuable space in moving boxes. Inventory what you have on hand and use up as much as you can. Donate remaining items to a food bank or shelter.

  8. Enlist Help
    The pre-move process can be intimidating if you take on all the responsibility yourself. Spouses, significant others, and children all have a stake in what stays and what gets tossed, so get them involved. Set up a schedule assigning times and tasks so everyone knows what is expected of them. 

  9. Reward Yourself
    No one can remain focused without breaks. Stay motivated by setting daily goals and rewarding yourself for each accomplishment. Watch a movie, read a book, or meet a friend for coffee.

Buying or selling a home involves seemingly endless decisions that can be difficult to navigate on your own. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty and let our experienced and professional real estate agents show you the way.

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